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24 C.J. Cron DH
Height/Weight: 6-4/235 | Birthdate: 1/5/1990 | Birthplace: Fullerton, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 13/2 | Average Draft Position: 252.61
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Angels send C.J. Cron to minors; plan to call up Grant Green


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:28 am ET) The Angels optioned designated hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A on Monday, reports MLB.com. Cron is hitting .204 with one home run in 98 at-bats this season.

"I wasn't playing much," Cron said, per MLB.com. "Obviously when you're not playing, you're doing something wrong, and the opportunity is not there for you to just prove you belong. I knew in the recent stretch there was a chance [of getting optioned].

"When you're getting at-bats every once in a while, it's hard to get your timing right. That's what I'm going down for, to get better timing and to start swinging like I know I can."

The team plans to call up outfielder Grant Green, sources told MLB.com. Green is 2 for 6 in three games for the Angels this season.


Angels' deciding if C.J. Cron should sit bench or play in minors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Angels DH C.J. Cron is mired in a slump to start the season. Cron is hitting .200 with a .496 OPS. 

As a result, Cron has seen his playing time dwindle, starting just twice in the last 10 games.

Of course, with limited at bats, it will be tough for Cron to find his swing. The question the Angels must answer is whether Cron should stay on the Major League bench or go down to Triple-A to get regular playing time. 

"If you are getting at bats at the major league level you don’t have to get them seven days a week, but if you are getting them one day a week then there’s a discussion of what’s best for the team and what’s best for the player," manager Mike Scioscia said, per the Orange County Register. "C.J. has gotten enough at-bats where if he’s swinging like he can, he’d be contributing, but he hasn’t found that swing yet."


Angels move Albert Pujols to DH, C.J. Cron to first


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Angels gave Albert Pujols a day off from playing the field by moving the first baseman to designated hitter for Sunday's game. 

C.J. Cron, the normal DH, moves to first. It's the fourth time this season the Angels have made that position switch. 


Angels' C.J. Cron not in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.

Cron has seen action in each of his team's previous matchups with lefties, but he'll take a seat Saturday despite lefty Dallas Keuchel's presence on the mound for the Astros. David Freese will server as the designated hitter, with Taylor Featherston sliding into the lineup at third base.

The Angels are slight favorites (-106) against the Astros, per VegasInsider.com.


Angels' Scioscia on C.J. Cron: 'We need him'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Angels DH C.J. Cron is mired in a 2-for-26 slump. Manager Mike Scioscia benched him for one game on Thursday as he tries to help Cron make his way out of the cold spell.

"We’ve really tried to get him enough playing time to find his swing, but also giving him time to work on some stuff, mixing some guys in and out of the lineup," said Scioscia, per the Orange County Register. "We need him. We need his bat. We need his power. Hopefully he’ll start to get comfortable in the batters box and start being productive."


Angels 1B/DH C.J. Cron continues to struggle in loss on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) After having the previous two games off, Angels slugger C.J. Cron was back in the lineup on Monday against the Mariners. He went 0 for 3 in the 3-2 loss as the team's first baseman. Cron, who broke out in 2014 with 11 home runs, has left the yard just once this season. 

Cron's struggles, which includes an underwhelming .229 batting average, has caused him to lose playing time. He has appeared in just 19 of the team's 26 games thus far, and with several other DH options at manager Mike Scioscia's disposal, Cron could be in danger of seeing even less time if he doesn't improve at the plate.


Albert Pujols to DH for Angels on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) The Angels flip-flopped positions for two regulars on Sunday. Albert Pujols, who has started at first base in 17 of the team's 18 games, will play designated hitter. 

C.J. Cron, who has 13 starts at DH, will play first base. 

The Angels are -144 favorites at home against Texas. 


Angels C.J. Cron continues heating up with three-hit Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) When the season began, Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron couldn't buy a hit. Not he's pretty much hitting every other game. When he starts hitting every day, he'll truly be hot.

For now, he's lukewarm. But he did peak with a 3-for-4 performance Friday night against Texas. Cron doubled, singled twice and scored in the fourth to raise his average over .200 for the first time.

He has hit safely in just five of his last eight games, but managed multiple hits in three of them and has three doubles during that stretch.


Matt Joyce out of Angels' lineup vs. southpaw


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) With the Angels facing Texas lefthander Wandy Rodriguez on Friday, left fielder Matt Joyce is out of the starting lineup. 

Joyce has faced southpaws in just three of his 52 plate appearances this season. Collin Cowgill gets the start in left, batting seventh in the lineup. C.J. Cron is the DH, batting sixth. 

The Angels are -180 money line favorites against visiting Texas. 


Angels DH Cron continues comeback at the plate Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron cannot be considered hot, but he is certainly not as cold as he was to start the season.

Cron continued his mini-surge with two hits and two runs scored Tuesday in a lopsided defeat of Oakland. He is 6-for-23 after starting the season hitless in 11 at-bats.

His double in the sixth inning against the Athletics kicked off a six-run explosion.


Angels' Matt Joyce gets night off vs. LHP Jason Vargas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce was given the night off against Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas. It's the second time this season he's been given a game off against a southpaw. Joyce has just one hit in his first eight at-bats this season.

"He's going to do it [hit against lefties]," hitting coach Baylor said of Joyce, per the Orange County Register. "He's going to be an important factor for us, no doubt. He's got too good of a swing."

Collin Cowgill took his spot in left field and is batting eighth. Meanwhile, David Freese will bat in the cleanup spot, with C.J. Cron fifth.


Angels' Scioscia: The plan is to get C.J. Cron a lot of at-bats


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron, who started at DH on Monday against the Mariners, will be given the chance to play regularly, even against elite right-handed starters, manager Mike Scioscia said.

“The plan is to get C.J. in for a lot of at-bats,” Scioscia said, per The Orange County Register. “No doubt in the spring he was swinging the bat better than he was last year. I want to give him a chance to see if he can come out and contribute.”


Angels 1B C.J. Cron improving on hitting to opposite field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron is having a very productive spring at the plate. Through 13 games, he is batting .364 (12 for 33) with two home runs, three doubles and five RBI.

Cron is having success this spring because he is able to hit to the opposite field.

“When he’s going right, that’s what you’re seeing him do more often,” manager Mike Scioscia said, per The Orange County Register. “He’s swinging it great.”

Cron had just five hits to right field, as opposed to 28 hits to left field last season. Cron said that’s not indicative of how he has swung throughout his minor-league career.

“It means you’re on time,” Cron said of hitting the ball to right field. “If you take that pitch outside and drive it to the other field, it’s better than rolling over (and pulling the ball weakly). I’m feeling comfortable. I’m seeing the ball good right now.”

The Angels are also looking for Cron to be more selective at the plate after he had just a .289 on-base percentage as a rookie in 2014.

“I think with experience you’ll see a player understand more and more what he can do and what pitches he’s putting better swings on,” Scioscia said. “That plate discipline doesn’t always lead to walks. It can lead to getting better pitches to hit. I think you are going to see him refine his selection of pitches more and more as his career goes on. I don’t know if all of it is showing up right now, but it will.”


Angels' Cron showing good power swing early in spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Angels 1B/DH C.J. Cron homered for the second straight game during Thursday's spring game against the Cubs. He went 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI.

Cron is off to a good start this spring. He is batting .389 (7 for 18) with one double, two home runs, four RBI and four runs in seven games.


Angels first baseman C.J. Cron has minor surgery on wrist


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Angels first basement C.J. Cron underwent a minor procedure on his wrist, manager Mike Scioscia said, via MLB.com.

Cron had a cyst in his wrist that needed to be removed. The procedure shouldn't affect Cron's availability in spring training.

In 2014, Cron hit .256 with 11 home runs.


Hamilton injury could free up at-bats for Angels' Joyce, Cowgill, Cron


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) With Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton doubtful for the start of the season due to shoulder surgery, his absence could open the door for more playing time in the outfield for Matt Joyce and Collin Cowgill. It could also mean more at-bats for C.J. Cron at DH, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We don't envision this being a long-term issue, but 6-8 weeks is not a short-term thing,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said of Hamilton's injury. “We'll have a better idea when he gets back on the field doing baseball things.”


C.J. Cron to DH in Game 1 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Royals Thursday, MLB.com reports.

After a sold start to his season in May and June, Cron has slowed down considerably in the second half, hitting just .209/.261/.395 with two home runs in 43 at-bats in September. He wrapped up his first major-league season with a .256/.289/.450 line along with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 242 at-bats.


C.J. Cron swats 11th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron went 2 for 3 with a three-run home run in his team's 5-0 win over the Mariners Wednesday.

Cron's home run came at an opportune time, as the Mariners turned to the bullpen in the seventh inning only for the Angels first baseman to immediately smack a three-run blast to put the lead out of reach. He has hit .273/.301/.482 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 220 at-bats.


C.J. Cron returns to starting lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron made his return to the starting lineup Friday night against Houston. Cron was not in the lineup since Monday because of a forearm injury, though he did make a appearance Thursday as a defensive substitute. He has five hits over his first 11 at-bats since being called up in September.

C.J. Cron dealing with sore forearm


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron has been unavailable since Monday because of a sore wrist, the Los Angeles Times reports. Cron has five hits over his first 11 at-bats since being called up in September. He is expected to return this weekend against the Astros. 

Angels decide on September call-ups


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Angels have added six players to the September roster, accordign to the Los Angeles Times.

The team called up pitchers Cam Bedrosian, Wade LeBlanc, Vinnie Pestano and Cory Ramus today. Outfielders Brennan Boesch and Tony Campana were also promoted to the major-league club. 

The team also added John Buck, C.J. Cron, Shawn O’Malley, Luis Jimenez and Efren Navarro .


C.J. Cron likely to be called up soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron is likely to be called up soon, according to the Orange County Register

Cron has performed well in a nine-game stint in the minors, and could be on his way back up with the team facing two lefties during the weekend series. Cron has hit .266/.295/.462 over 199 at-bats this season.


Angels make a few roster moves Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Angels announced Sunday they recalled reliever Vinnie Pestano and pitcher Caleb Clay from Triple-A Salt Lake. To clear space on the roster, pitcher Cam Bedrosian and first baseman C.J. Cron were optioned to the minors.

C.J. Cron coming back up Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Angels infielder C.J. Cron has been recalled Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Cron will replace Grant Green on the active roster. Green was placed on the disabled list Wednesday. Cron has received 175 at-bats in the majors this season. He's hitting .269/.297/.480.


C.J. Cron sent down Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) The Angels optioned first baseman C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake Saturday, to clear room on the active roster for the acquisition of Huston Street.

Cron's demotion comes as a surprise, as he is hitting .269/.297/.480 with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 53 games this season.